THE WYNDHAM AT CANAL PLACE

 

NEW ORLEANS

 

 

 

 

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  Luxury hotels are seldom on my family’s travel itinerary. The allure of America’s most exotic city brought us to The Wyndham At Canal Place. It’s ideally located for those who want visit all of New Orleans.

Overview:

During most of our travels, we are perfectly content with a Super 8 or a Motel 6. However, budget hotels with familiar names are non-existent within the center of New Orleans... and almost all of NOLA’s attractions are downtown, or easily accessible from there. Plus, I knew we’d be doing some of our sightseeing without Mom (she has difficulty walking), so I tried to choose a place where she’d be comfortable while the kids and I walked about the French Quarter. The Wyndham At Canal Place perfectly accommodated these issues. The outstanding view was a nice bonus.

Rooms:

The Wyndham At Canal Place is situated near the banks of the Mississippi River. The entrance is located on Iberville Street (Rue Iberville) and is attached to an upscale shopping mall, The Shops at Canal Place. The hotel has 395 standard one-bedroom units and 43 suites, some with jacuzzis. There are no rooms on the lower floor of the building. The gigantic picture windows in the 11th floor lobby present a stunning view of the city and river below. (Please see the photos on my travel website: ). The rooms are located on the 12th through 29th floors. We stayed 3 nights in a HUGE 2-bedroom suite near the top of the building. The bedrooms are not huge, but are plenty roomy. The beds are very comfortable and pretty big... being 6' 3", this was a quality I found to be most refreshing. Each of the two bedrooms has its own spacious bathroom. Hot water is plentiful and the water pressure is more than adequate. The closets are stocked with those big, fluffy robes often found at luxury hotels. The suite’s living area is very large and impressive. Our suite’s French Provincial furniture consisted of a large extra-comfortable couch (my 13-year old daughter slept on it... voluntarily), a soft love seat, a good-sized coffee table, a large dining table with six chairs, a decorative china cabinet, an attractive entertainment center and several other miscellaneous chairs and tables. The rooms and bathrooms appeared clean and the furnishings appeared clean and unworn.

View:

As an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I’m always on the lookout for a great photo op or a beautiful panorama. The view from this hotel did not disappoint. From our room, we could see the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Brewery, the Mississippi River crescent for which the city is nicknamed and the busy river traffic. To my knowledge, they do not charge extra for a room with a river view, so I recommend that you ask for one when making your reservation. If your room doesn’t have a river view, you can still view the city from the lobby or from the accessible roof. The view’s only blemish is the enormous electric poles crossing the area.

 

Rates:

We visited in August, New Orleans’ off-season. Their lowest AAA-published rates are from July 1- September 1 when a double occupancy room is listed at $149-189. During peak season (Sept. - early May) their AAA-published rates are $239 - 259. I recommend checking their website for the best rates (site listed below). I discovered a rate of $109 per night on the site. Through a long series of snail mail, e-mail and telephone conversations, they graciously upgraded us to a suite at the same rate of $109. Since it was their off-season, they were motivated to make an effort to strengthen their occupancy percentage. Negotiation may not work for everyone, but it’s worth a try during the off-season if you don’t mind taking the time. Don’t bother if you’re coming for Mardi Gras season.

Location:

This hotel’s location provided convenient access to the French Quarter and almost all of New Orleans’ family attractions. The Wyndham At Canal Place is located atop a shopping mall, "The Shops At Canal Place". It is within walking distance (for those with healthy legs) of most of the city’s main attractions. The hotel is on the eastern edge of the French Quarter. It’s just across the street from Harrah’s casino. The Wyndham is within a block of the Canal Street Ferry, the John James Audubon riverboat dock, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the lively Riverwalk Mall. The hotel is within a ten-minute walk (~4 blocks) of the Gray Line Tour terminal, the Steamboat Natchez dock, Jackson Brewery and shops and within a 20-minute walk of all French Quarter attractions. You may ride the free Canal Street Ferry across the River to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The pricy John James Audubon riverboat shuttles passengers between the aquarium and the New Orleans Zoo. Gray Line tours provides a variety of New Orleans tours. We took the city tour and the swamp tour. Details are coming soon in a general New Orleans review.

Restaurant:

Their restaurant, The Riverbend Grill, is located on the 11th Floor adjacent to the lobby. We only dined there once, for breakfast... and only for the sake of convenience. We visited on a Wednesday morning at about 9:00 AM. The breakfast buffet was good, but typical and unremarkable. They had bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, danish, fruit, etc., but nothing stood out. Because of the sparse clientele, some of the food items were not very fresh. We paid about $50 - 60 plus tip for two adults and two children. The decor and the ever-present view were very nice. Our waiter was outstanding. He cheerfully and sincerely got my daughter cocoa with whipped cream even though it wasn’t on the menu. He provided us with some helpful tourist tips and information and he seemed to sincerely enjoy his profession. In short, their breakfast buffet was good by freeway-exit restaurant standards, but a mediocre value by 4-star hotel standards. In a city known for its food, it had no local panache nor specific identity. Our waiter was outstanding by any standards. I cannot offer an account of a lunch or dinner experience, although the restaurant didn’t appear very busy when we passed through. Perhaps the restaurant takes on a different flair at those times. No doubt it’s pricy.

Service:

I’ve already mentioned the great waiter. The bellmen were also attentive, knowledgeable and helpful and the front desk people were very courteous. I have no complaints about the service.

Pool:

The rooftop pool was a hit with the kids. We went to the pool each of our three evenings after visiting the French Quarter. Usually we were the only ones there. From the roof, you can view the city below in all four directions. Except for its novel location, the pool itself is small and very ordinary. Oddly, even in the middle of August, the water was extremely cold. We can all now say that we went swimming on top of a skyscraper.

In Closing:

I found the rooms at The Wyndham At Canal Place to be nice, the service friendly and attentive and the overall experience a pleasant one. I would recommend this hotel for families visiting New Orleans.

Wyndham At Canal Place Website

Wyndham At Canal Place

100 Rue Iberville
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 566-7006

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